Reviews | Iowa City protesters should fight for Sudan’s freedom
Protest against the military takeover in Sudan – the Sudanese people are denied basic human rights.
Towards the end of October, more than 100 Sudanese Americans gathered in front of the former University of Iowa Capitol to protest the military coup in Sudan. The people of Iowa, and everyone around the world protesting the military coup, are right to protest for the freedom of the Sudanese people.
Protesters demand that the Sudanese regime allow peaceful protests. They demand the restoration of the Internet for the Sudanese people and the government led by civilians. They also encourage our country to broaden their response.
The United States cut $ 700 million in aid of the Sudanese government. Besides the ongoing protests in Iowa City, Iowa has not responded to the protesters. However, their call for the United States to expand their response is a good time for Hawkeye State to do so.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has agreed to take charge Afghan refugees fleeing their country in August. Now is the right time for Reynolds to decide whether or not to welcome Sudanese refugees who are fleeing Sudan for freedom. If Reynolds announced that she was going to allow Iowa to take in Sudanese refugees, I would support the decision.
Refugees also support the country they come to.
In an interview with the United Way of Central Iowa, Carly Ross, director of US Refugees and Immigrants, said most refugees who come to the US are able to get college degrees and jobs. Ross said refugees typically only receive government funding for the first eight months.
We can all feel sympathy and compassion for the Sudanese people after being made aware of what is happening in their country.
Sudan has experienced a democratic transition of almost three years after the impeachment of President Omar al-Bashir due to a failing economy, political violence and continued protests for justice and freedom. In October 2021, the Sudanese army overthrew the transitional government in a coup and took control. They arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Along with the dismissal of state governors, several articles of the constitution are suspended.
The coup has sparked widespread protests and the Sudanese army is using excessive force to silence them. They have fired indiscriminately at protesters, demanding that hospitals treating the injured hand them over. Amnesty International has confirmed that a protester was gunned down on his way home from a sit-in.
The Sudanese army also cut off Internet access. In Sudan, people cannot communicate to their relatives in other countries what is happening or even read the news to find out what is happening in their own country.
The army is depriving the Sudanese people of all their basic human rights. The Sudanese people are denied basic constitutional rights that we take for granted in the United States, such as freedom of assembly.
The army seizes the Sudanese people and denies them basic human rights. Those protesting in Iowa City are right to fight for the freedom of the Sudanese people.
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